New Year’s Eve show features Hip tribute

Canadian rock icon Kim Mitchell is set to rattle and roll downtown Barrie to ring in the new year as part of the 20th annual Downtown Countdown, New Year’s Eve.
“In partnership with Rock 95 and 107.5 Kool FM, the City of Barrie is excited to welcome Canadian rock icon Kim Mitchell to headline the Downtown Countdown,” Arin Donnelly, Community Event Coordinator, says. “With classic tunes like ‘Go for Soda’ and ‘Patio Lanterns’, his show in Barrie on New Year’s Eve will have us all singing along to his greatest hits.”
The rocker has three JUNO Awards and has earned gold and multi-platinum status over his career, from his time as leader of Canadian rock band Max Webster in the 70s to a long and successful solo career.
This year’s event will also include a special tribute to The Tragically Hip from leading tribute act, Practically Hip. Since 1997, Practically Hip has been wowing their audiences with a passionate and high energy show featuring The Hip’s beloved hits.
As in previous years, the City of Barrie invites bands from Barrie and area to submit for the opportunity to perform on the Downtown Countdown stage. From over 40 submissions this year, Rue Bella has been selected to perform their genre-bending alternative rock. Rue Bella won Rock 95’s Local & Loud 2016 competition, going on to play legendary venues like The Horseshoe Tavern and Lee’s Palace, and opening for arena acts such as The Trews and Finger Eleven. They just released their first full-length album ‘Flirt with the Dirt’, produced by John-Angus MacDonald of The Trews.
The line-up also features entertainment for the younger crowd with Juno Award nominee and Canadian Folk Music Award winner, Chris McKhool. Joining Chris onstage will be members of multi-award-winning Sultans of String.
This year’s free celebration will also include skating on the City Hall rink, horse-drawn wagon rides, roaming performers, fun family activities, and two fireworks displays. The festivities get underway starting at 6 p.m. To stay up-to-date on event details including transit and parking, visit

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